Connolly's VW Sponsorship Extended
Sligo Rovers have today announced the renewal of the partnership agreement with main sponsors Connolly’s Volkswagen for the next three seasons.
The announcement was made this morning by Sligo Rovers chairman Tony Quinn and Neil and Kevin Connolly of Connolly’s Volkswagen along with Volkswagen Ireland Head of Marketing Paul O'Sullivan in The Showgrounds.
The agreement, the most lucrative in the history of the club, comes after two hugely successful years for the Bit o’ Red and Connolly’s under the original agreement between the parties.
The club also confirmed the signing of Gavin Peers and Gary Rogers for 2014 at the press briefing this morning.
Sligo Rovers chairman Tony Quinn said: "In 2012 we began an excellent relationship with Neil and Kevin Connolly of Connolly’s Volkswagen and CEO of the VW Group Simon Elliott. The partnership proved the perfect fit. We have worked extremely hard together over the last two years to bring success to Sligo Rovers and are delighted that it has also seen Connolly’s and Volkswagen thrive in the local and Irish markets.
“The core values of Sligo Rovers and Connolly’s VW are extremely similar. We share loyalty, perseverance and a willingness to be the best we can. Today’s new agreement brings about another chapter for the club. We feel ready to explore even more avenues together and are excited by the prospects of at least another three years to try and achieve even more results.”
Neil Connolly, Principal Dealer of Connolly's Volkswagen, said: “Here at Connolly's we pride ourselves on supporting the local community and on excellence and with the sponsorship of Sligo Rovers this is something that gives us immense pride so it wasn’t a difficult decision to renew this deal. Just like Sligo Rovers, we feel our dealership and the Volkswagen brand is very much part of the local community.”
Volkswagen Ireland CEO Simon Elliott added: “We are delighted that Connolly’s Volkswagen Sligo have renewed their sponsorship of Sligo Rovers. Here at Volkswagen Ireland we are strong supporters of the League of Ireland and look forward to success for both Sligo Rovers on the pitch and Connolly’s with their sponsorship off of it.”
Sligo Rovers manager Ian Baraclough commented: “In my time with the club Connolly’s Volkswagen has played a critical part of ensuring we are well-equipped on the field. They have given us fantastic support and we are proud to associate with them. We are looking forward to continuing that over the next three seasons.”
The first players to sign for the club for 2014, Gavin Peers and Gary Rogers, also spoke at this morning's event.
Rogers has played 79 times for us for the club and has kept 38 clean sheets (12 in 2012 and 26 in 2013)
Peers has 285 appearances, eight in the all-time list for Sligo, and scored 24 goals
Peers said: "I want to thank Sligo Rovers because I'm delighted to be back again. We were unlucky in the league this season with injuries and suspensions in the middle of the season. There is more to come now. I'm coming into the best part of my career and hopefully I can continue the way I'm playing. Since I've come back from injury I've been very happy with my form. Every year you go out to win every trophy, we want to win as much as we can here.
"I'm proud of winning things here. I'm proud of doing it for the fans. My little boy loves coming to the games and he is looking up and when he is older he will see all of what we've done here. But I'm just enjoying my football. I don't mind about stats, I just like playing and I'm happy it will be with Sligo Rovers again."
Rogers commented: "I'm very pleased. I'm enjoying my football here and very happy here. We have a Cup final to come and that is our main goal. All going well we can win that and I'll be able to look back on my seasons so far with a league title and a FAI Cup. That is why I joined the club. I came down here to win things. I really enjoy it Sligo. We live in Riverstown and the local people are great. I'm happy to sign for another season.
"The older you get as a goalkeeper the wiser you get and I've always been fit to play at every club I've been at. It's a major plus. I think I'm getting better."